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PTO Tax Year 2018 Tax Reform Information and Updates

This announcement page will be updated each time new information is available regarding updates to the ProConnect Tax Online (PTO) program in relation to the Tax Year 2018 Tax Reform.

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August 20, 2018 Update: IRS Tax Tip 2018-115  - Resources on Help All Taxpayers Understand Tax Reform

  • Tax Reform Web Page. The Tax Reform page highlights what taxpayers need to know about the tax law changes and how these changes affect them. This page also links taxpayers and tax professionals to news releases, tax tips, publications, notices, and legal guidance related to the legislation.
  • Updated Withholding Calculator. The IRS encourages everyone to use the Withholding Calculator to perform a “Paycheck Checkup,” which is even more important this year because of the tax law changes. The calculator helps taxpayers determine if they’re having the right amount of tax withheld from their paychecks.

  • Updated Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. Taxpayers who determine they need to make changes to their withholding can complete a Form W-4, which reflects the tax law changes. Employees will submit the completed Form W-4 to their employers.

  • Frequently Asked Questions. The IRS posted new FAQs to help people understand how to use the Withholding Calculator and the changes to the Withholding Tables.

Also, just a friendly reminder that the Intuit ProConnect Tax Pro Center is continually updated with new information.  With Tax Year 2018 quickly approaching, we want to make sure you have the most current information in one convenient location.

September 4, 2018 Update:  The following articles will be updated as new information is available.

2018 Individual and Business Tax Reform - Summary of Changes:

2018 Tax Reform - Frequently Asked Questions:

September 7, 2018 Update: The following article has been added for TY 2018 program input changes and can also be found in the "2018 Individual and Business Tax Reform - Summary of Changes" article.

2018 Tax Reform - Moving Expenses:

September 7, 2018 Update: The following article has been added for TY 2018 program input changes and can also be found in the "2018 Individual and Business Tax Reform - Summary of Changes" article.

2018 Tax Reform - Personal Casualty Losses Deduction:

October 30, 2018:  Qualified Business Income (QBI) Resources

The Following Articles are Frequently Asked Questions Regarding -  Qualified Business Income (QBI):


November 2, 2018: 

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) established additional limitations on the deductibility of certain business meals and entertainment expenses.  Under the act, entertainment expenses incurred or paid after December 31, 2017 are nondeductible unless they fall under the specific exemptions in Code Section 274(e).  For your convenience, we have provided a comprehensive chart to summarize proper treatment for many types of meals and entertainment expenditures, under the law applicable both before and after the act.  To review the recent IRS guidance on Meals and Entertainment business expense deduction, see Notice 2018-76

Meals and Entertainment Changes Under Tax Reform: 


November 5, 2018:

Form 2106 - Suspension of Miscellaneous Deductions Subject to the 2% Floor Under Section 67(a) and Disallowed Entertainment Expenses

  • For taxable years, beginning after December 31, 2017, and before January 1, 2026, miscellaneous itemized deductions subject to the 2% floor under section 37(a) will be suspended.
  • Employees who are not (1) armed forces reservists, (2) qualified performing artists, (3) fee-basis state or local government officials, and (4) employees with impairment-related work expenses may not use Form 2106.
  • Entertainment expenses will be disallowed after December 31, 2017.
  • Form 2106-EZ has been retired for Tax Year 2018.

Tax Reform - Employee Business Expense Form 2106:

November 12, 2018:

Kiddie Tax Changes - Children (under 18) with unearned income over $2,100 required to file Form 8615 are no longer taxed at their parents' tax rate. Instead, they will be taxed at fiduciary rates.

Tax Reform - Tax for Certain Children Who Have Unearned Income (8615):

November 21, 2018

Publication 5307, Tax Reform Basics for Individuals and Families, is a key resource to understanding the impact of the tax reform law on deductions. The publication provides information about:

  • increasing the standard deduction,
  • suspending personal exemptions,
  • increasing the child tax credit,
  • adding a new credit for other dependents, and
  • limiting or discontinuing certain deductions.

IRS  Publication 5307 Tax Reform Basics for Individuals and Families

Resource: IRS Newswire IR-2018-230

Simplified QBI Worksheet and QBI Calculations -- December 21st, 2018

The current version of 2018 ProConnect Tax Online (PTO) includes the simplified worksheet computation only.  This worksheet will only generate if the taxpayer’s taxable income is below the phase-in threshold ($315,000 MFJ and $157,500 for all others). If their taxable income is higher, they will be required to use the complex worksheets which have not been released yet. In this situation, we will not generate any worksheets or calculate any amount on Form 1040, line 9.  The complex worksheets were released by IRS in DRAFT form in Publication 535 on December 19, 2018.

We are actively working the complex QBI computations and plan to include these in the program update scheduled for the week of January 7th, 2019.

In general, we will take the income from Schedule C, F and passthrough K-1s on Schedule E, along with any ordinary gains from the disposition of business property linked to those schedules, and try to automatically calculate the QBI. According to Publication 535 (draft date Dec 19, 2018), page 2, rental properties do not rise to the level of trade or business and will not automatically be included as QBI.  However, the Schedule E rental input screen, in the QBI section, will include the ability to include rental QBI income in the calculation.  

To perform tax planning, please use the Lacerte Tax Planner, which includes all the QBI calculations and limitations. Export the client from the 2017 Lacerte Tax program to the Tax Planner, to create a base year for planning. 

ProConnect Tax Online Simplified Worksheet Section 199A - Qualified Business Income Deduction:

2018 Draft Publication 535:

ProConnect Tax Online Simplified and Complex QBI Worksheets and QBI Calculations - Update 1/10/19

PTO Simplified Worksheet Section 199A - Qualified Business Income Deduction: &src=ptocom

PTO Complex Worksheet Section 199A - Qualified Business Income Deduction:


January 16, 2019

IRS waives penalty for many whose tax withholding and estimated tax payments fell short in 2018


The Internal Revenue Service announced today that it is waiving the estimated tax penalty for many taxpayers whose 2018 federal income tax withholding and estimated tax payments fell short of their total tax liability for the year.

The IRS is generally waiving the penalty for any taxpayer who paid at least 85 percent of their total tax liability during the year through federal income tax withholding, quarterly estimated tax payments or a combination of the two. The usual percentage threshold is 90 percent to avoid a penalty.

The waiver computation announced today will be integrated into commercially-available tax software and reflected in the forthcoming revision of Form 2210 and instructions.

This relief is designed to help taxpayers who were unable to properly adjust their withholding and estimated tax payments to reflect an array of changes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the far-reaching tax reform law enacted in December 2017.

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January 18, 2019

IRS Issues Final Section 199A Regulations - Notable Item:

  • Self Employed (SE) Health Insurance, one half SE tax, and SE pensions must reduce the QBI for each business.  This calculation is currently not in ProConnect Tax Online.

More details on ProConnect Tax Pro Center:

February 15, 2019

Two new articles available on the ProConnect Tax Pro Center discussing additional guidance and details around Qualified Business Income;

The Treasury and IRS Issue Additional Guidance on Qualified Business Income:

IRS Releases Publication 535 With Details Around Qualified Business Income:

February 27, 2019

We have a collection of helpful recorded webinars available to provide additional guidance around TCJA changes, new features in ProConnect Tax Online, customizing your ProConnect Tax Online, data entry fundamentals, multi-state returns, and much more!

All ProConnect Tax Online recorded webinars can be found here: